get out of it. these kids love him. >> reporter: acrding to court records, as director, thompson, known b many as "champ," gambled away more than $500,000 in district deposit grants. >> a lot of people come here. it's important to me. i love doing it, you know? he's a great trainer. >> reporter: court records show he used the organization's debit card to get $150,000 on cash while on several cruises in li. according to their records, he lost more then $100,000 at the casino last year. thompson is now facing wire fraud charges. >> we would like to see the gym be made, open. you know, because we have kids, 70 some kids here on an average day. and there's no need to put them out in the cold. they won't have no where else to go. >> reporte it brought financial irregularities more than a year ago. i wrote a letter to the d.c.